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Dior by Sarah Moon
Text by Sarah Moon, Olivier Saillard, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
An epic visual history of Dior by one of France’s most iconic fashion photographers
This three-volume publication explores three distinct phases in the history of the legendary French fashion house founded in 1946. The first volume presents 33 black-and-white images of Dior’s original designs, staged by French photographer Sarah Moon at the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris during the summer of 2021. It interweaves almost abstract photographs of the Fondation with vivid portrayals of the models. The second volume contains 43 images documenting a selection of garments designed by the various artistic directors of Dior between 1958 and 2015: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano and Raf Simons. The third and final volume presents 38 photographs taken since the arrival of Dior’s current artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Sarah Moon (born 1941) grew up between France and England. As a young woman, she started working as a model which plunged her into the world of fashion, a world that would later propel her toward photography, which became her ultimate passion. By 1970, she had devoted herself exclusively to photography and her work was published in numerous magazines. Robert Delpire hired her to make photographs for his advertising agency and they subsequently became lifelong romantic partners. Moon is famous for her blurred aesthetic, use of Polaroids, halftone photos and erasure of faces.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
Maria Grazia Chiuri
Sarah Moon’s signature resides in her capacity to give form to unconscious movements and retrospective intuition and in her aptitude to image indescribable ambiences. For all these reasons her vision was perfect for transcribing the story told by my creative process for the Dior collections: that of a woman anchored in her epoch, drawing her strength by listening to her emotions.
You feel no one else could have transcribed so perfectly that elusive fantasy from Christian Dior’s memoirs: 'Fabric is the sole vehicle of our dreams.'
Moon’s books are a wonderful homage to Dior himself, and an intriguing documentation of how fashion changes throughout the years, yet somehow stays the same. Moon’s photographs have a wonderfully romantic quality—towards the past, towards the future, towards wherever beautiful fashions can take us.
Moon captures pieces from the Dior archives...creating evocative images which ‘communicate the strength which emanates from the architectural silhouettes designed by Christian Dior and his successors’.
An exceptional collection of prints and texts by the artist, this box set is a wonderful tribute to Dior himself. The perfect gift for fashion lovers.
The three book collection is a wonderful and comprehensive look at Moon's photographic relationship with Dior, and a stunning representation of the art of fashion photography.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 2/9/2023
Featured image—of Gianfranco Ferré's 1989 Vincennes evening gown for Christian Dior—is reproduced from Delpire & Co.'s evocative new three-volume visual history of the French fashion house as imagined by contemporary photographer Sarah Moon. The first volume, starring "timeless" Majorcan model Andrea Gutiérrez, presents Dior's original work, 1947 to 1957, shot in luminous black-and-white. The second volume, introducing subtle color, explores the Dior archives, with designs by Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and current creative director Maria Grazia. Volume three presents 38 photographs made in dialogue with Chiuri. "Sarah Moon’s personal style, it seems to me, rests in her ability to give shape to unconscious movements and self-reflexive intuitions," Chiuri writes, "her ability to express, through her images, feelings and moods that words struggle to describe.… For me her shifting, intimate atmosphere, suspended in time, is such a fitting visual representation of my constant travels between the past and the present, through which I create images for the future. There is something truly special, magical, in these images, an interweaving of the vision of the house of Dior, which has always sought to interpret and represent the contemporary woman, and the feminine vision of Sarah Moon, imperfect, permeable and charged with emotion."
IMAGE CREDIT: Vincennes, Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior. Evening gown, Autumn/Winter 1989 © Sarah Moon continue to blog
DELPIRE & CO
USD $150.00 | CAN $210 UK £ 130
Pub Date: 1/24/2023
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